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Monthly Archives: April 2012
By Mart | Published: April 30, 2012
As Spain collapses into depression, its banks are holed below the waterline and sinking rapidly, because they are the only remaining buyers of Spain’s sovereign debt. The government, unable to provide state aid to its banks, is desperately bending over backwards to hide the true state of its financial sector.
By Martin Fluck | Published: April 29, 2012
The climate scare is collapsing as taxpayers and investors realize that shackling the economy with taxes, regulations, and unaffordable subsidies is economic suicide. The messianic doomsayers have overplayed their hand, and opened up their junk science to ridicule.
By Martin Fluck | Published: April 28, 2012
Having discovered that there is no viable market for electric cars, global car manufacturers face big losses on their investments. Small plug-in vehicles like the Renault Twizzy may be of some utility in big cities, but barring some breakthrough that overcomes the cost and weight of batteries, fully electric vehicles will remain a niche product for decades to come. The automotive industry is learning the hard way that electric cars are just too darned expensive, and their range too inadequate, to appeal to a mass market.
By Martin Fluck | Published: April 23, 2012
Campaigning for a break-up of the big banks has gone mainstream. If Obama is to win the election, he will have to stand up for the middle class, which is fed up with the unfairness of the present economic system. This means he will have to tackle the concentration of bank power that continues to threaten economic stability. For while the overarching purpose of the Dodd–Frank reforms was to end Too-Big-Too-Fail, it may actually be increasing banking industry concentration and preventing the economic recovery.
By Martin Fluck | Published: April 20, 2012
Germany has been viewed as a safe haven by investors, until now. After all, its export sector has been booming. But investors are beginning to bet against Germany and its manufacturing firms, as a break-up of the euro-zone creeps ever closer. This is because the cost of failure for Germany is growing fast, and the Bundesbank may be trying to force the government’s hand before it digs itself a deeper hole.
By Martin Fluck | Published: April 12, 2012
A “soft landing” in China is beginning to look like wishful thinking. To cushion the blow to exporters during the global financial crisis, the Chinese property bubble was inflated recklessly. Built on the foundations of excess investment the Chinese economy had become a house of cards requiring growth to avoid collapse. However, China has had to choke credit to the property sector because absurd property valuations and inflation were beginning to affect social stability. Now the runaway train of development is going off the rails just as the euro-zone crisis is threatening global trade, and the shockwaves will be felt across the world.
By Martin Fluck | Published: April 7, 2012
The Sino Forest scandal last year put the spotlight on dodgy Chinese accounting. Chinese companies listed in the West and, were likely to become uninvestable, the Angry Analyst argued. Such negative publicity was also likely to damage confidence in Hong Kong listed stocks. Since then, a wave of new frauds in has hit Chinese companies in New York and Hong Kong, leading to growing pressure on Western regulators to take action.